Wantaway Southampton defender Jose Fonte could be a West Ham United player before the end of the week, if reports are to be believed.
Sky Sports claim that Slaven Bilic’s side are close to agreeing an £8m deal with the Saints for Fonte, who lodged a transfer request earlier this month.
The centre-back will be calling an end to a six-and-a-half-year spell at St Mary’s following his 2010 transfer from Crystal Palace.
It is unclear why Fonte has decided to leave, particularly as he has made 17 Premier League starts.
Now, though, he has an opportunity to form a decent partnership with Winston Reid in the centre of West Ham’s back line, should the move go through.
The East London outfit have been linked with numerous names during the transfer window, and as expected, fans have been giving their thoughts on social media about the latest speculation.
Some are excited about the prospect of Fonte coming into the fold, while others believe that West Ham have their targets wrong.
Football fans in general have chimed in, questioning whether the Portugal Euro 2016 winner is making the right move.
Tbvh Fonte and Reid is a decent partnership for #WHUFC.
— Ranti (@RantiB88) January 19, 2017
— Jack Kinnersley (@KinnersleyJ) January 19, 2017
In all honesty, Fonte and Reid isn't a bad pairing. In fact it's a very decent one on paper..#WHUFC
— Footysays (@Footy_Says) January 19, 2017
— James Hunt (@james_hunt99) January 19, 2017
— Craig Summers (@Craig148) January 19, 2017
— Tom (@tosman30) January 19, 2017
— Adam Jordan (@AdamJordan23) January 19, 2017
— James W (@james_warwick) January 19, 2017
— COYI⚒ (@longliveboleyn) January 19, 2017
— DB (@DarrenBell23) January 19, 2017
— Soccer Sanchez ⚽ (@Soccer_Sanchez) January 19, 2017
Defo happy with the potential signing of Jose Fonte! Him & Reid should make a good partnership! #whufc
— Liam (@liampeake8) January 19, 2017
Quite surprised Liverpool aren't in for fonte. Him moving to West Ham makes no sense for me. #whufc
— Harry (@decisiveDiego) January 19, 2017
— Liam Bekker (@LiamBekker) January 19, 2017
— West ham Opinions (@WHUFC_Opinion) January 19, 2017